Bio

Robert Mitchell is a National Correspondent for Computerworld. He writes features, blogs and has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Computerworld he was the manager of business development for an IT services company. He has served in a variety of editorial roles at several IT publications, including BYTE Magazine and Network World. For several years he also served as a marketing manager,  a truly thankless job, where he helped deploy IT to automate sales and marketing efforts.
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Latest Posts by Robert
Comcast

Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Five years ago I kicked out Comcast, cut the cable TV cord, and went to my local telco provider, FairPoint Communications, for high-speed Internet service. Now I'm giving Comcast a second chance.

I'm already starting to have second thoughts.

 

July 22, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
Lonnie Emard

Who says you need a college degree to land an IT job? Out of 21 categories of IT careers, it's possible to land jobs in three without a college degree, says Lonnie Emard, president of IT-ology, a non-profit consortium that works with businesses and educators to promote IT careers. "They could complete some certifications right out of high school, have a few apprenticeships and someone would hire them."

July 14, 2014 10:14 AM EDT

Decision to recruit high school grads over college students born of need, bears fruit for fashion business

June 10, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
Flickr/401(K) 2012 (cc by-sa 2.0)

As TurboTax deals with the last minute crush of filers, vice president Bob Meighan shares the four most commonly asked questions customers are asking this year.

April 11, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

When a Wi-Fi security camera triggers an alert and you're on the road, it's up to you to stop and figure out what's going on.

March 29, 2014 9:02 AM EDT

Google's decision to make HTTPS encryption for Gmail users mandatory is a bad idea. Here's why.

March 24, 2014 12:13 PM EDT

The three-part series I just finished up this week, the paranoid's survival guide to privacy, includes 32 different things privacy professionals say you can do to protect your privacy both online and off.

I haven't done most of them.

The problem is that protecting your privacy can be a lot of work. But the good news is that you probably don't have to do everything.

March 19, 2014 9:54 AM EDT
National Football League

It's challenging enough to provide bandwidth to more than 70,000 fans with mobile devices in an NFL stadium. But it wasn't until the Super Bowl last month that National Football League senior vice president and CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle realized that a significant amount of available bandwidth was being wasted by the thousands of smart phones fans brought with them to the stadium.

February 25, 2014 11:20 AM EST

This week Verizon Wireless announced changes to its Relevant Mobile Advertising Program that will allow the carrier to track your desktop surfing habits on the Web and use that information to help advertisers deliver targeted ads to your mobile phone. I've decided to opt out, but maybe not for the reasons you'd think.

Here's the deal:

February 10, 2014 6:00 AM EST
SocialRadar

SocialRadar, a new iPhone app, pulls from your social networks to tell you everything you need to know about  people near you who are in up to six of your social networks, including their profile information, recent posts and where they are right now.

January 30, 2014 4:21 PM EST
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